How To Start a Business in Fayetteville

Fayetteville is a progressive, business-friendly community. Fayetteville is also a great place to grow your ideas and your business. We are home of the flagship University of Arkansas, a vibrant and artistic community, surrounded by the great Ozark Mountains, and we are a transporation hub in an area well-visited by tourists, home for almost 74,000 residents who are invested in supporting local businesses, and we unite in a region that holds the home offices of three of the world's largest corporations. With nationally-recognized academic achievements in our school system, 70 public parks, three lakes, an active volunteer community, and top dining, shopping, and entertainment venues, Fayetteville remains a top business location.

Fayetteville is consistently ranked high by a variety of sources as an area for living, working, playing, and raising a family.  We ranked No. 15 in Forbes' annual list of the top 100 metropolitan areas in the nation for businesses and careers.   Forbes also ranked Fayetteville as No. 2 among Best Cities for Recession Recovery and No. 4 among Best Places for Business and Careers in the nation. Business Week included us among the Best Small Cities for Startups, and CNN Money ranked Fayetteville No. 13 on its list of Best Places to launch a Small Business Startup. Builder magazine ranked us No. 9 for Healthiest Housing Markets, and Area Development Magazine listed us in the Top 100 Leading Locations for 2011.  The Milken Institute Review lists the Fayetteville metropolitan area as the 23rd best performing in the nation on job creation.

We are glad you have your business in Fayetteville or are considering Fayetteville as the home for your business.  We believe in partnerships in Fayetteville, and we consider every person and entity an important part of our vibrant community.  To help you reach the goals of your business, we have assembled information in the online handbook below for your easy reference for finding the information or contact that you need for your particular purpose.  Click on the brochure logo below.